Blog Monthly Archives: April 2016

Kale and Pepita Pesto

Kale is a nutrient powerhouse and pairs well with the pepitas in this pesto. Pepitas are the Spanish culinary term for pumpkin seeds that provide an excellent source of several minerals. For a quick meal, mix the pesto with 2 cups roasted butternut squash with half a pound of cooked red lentil pasta and a half cup of reserved cooking liquid.    Key Nutrients: Vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, copper, zinc Prep time: 5 minutes Yield: 1 cup … Read More

The lemon juice enhances the fresh cilantro flavor. The walnuts add a dose of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. This tasty pesto can use drizzled on grilled vegetables, fish, or chicken, added into gazpacho soup, or even used as a dipping sauce for Parmesan-crusted crackers.   Key Nutrients: Vitamin K, omega-3 fats, copper, manganese, molybdenum, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, biotin  Prep time: 5 minutes Yield: 1 cup   Ingredients 2 cloves garlic 2 cups … Read More

Traditional Pesto

Basil is a highly fragrant plant with a variety of unique flavonoids that grows well in the summer months. This traditional basil pesto can be used on pasta, salmon, fresh tomato slices, grilled eggplant, bruschetta, or even a chicken sandwich. If you’re going to freeze the pesto, leave out the cheese and mix it in when you’re ready to use the pesto. Key nutrients: Vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin E, manganese, magnesium Prep time: 5 minutes Yield: 1 cup   Ingredients 2 cloves … Read More

Getting Enough Zzzzs

We all need a good night’s rest. Sleep refreshes and energizes us, and enables us to take on the day. Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night, yet the average American usually manages just six-and-half hours. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes sleep insufficiency as a public health problem. More than a quarter of all Americans report not getting enough sleep, and 10 percent experience chronic insomnia. Many of these sleepyheads may not “just” … Read More